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Response: The geographic area within the Consortium consists of all the 39municipalities making up Morris County, with a land area of 469 square miles. Thecounty enjoys a range of rural, wooded environment, farmland to the west, suburbandevelopments, and some areas of more concentrated development such as hamlets,villages and small cities. As of 2010 Census figures, total population equaled492,276. The population’s major constituent groups consist of 3.1% Black or AfricanAmerican, 9.0% Asian, and 82.6% White, in terms of race. When considering originand race, 11.5% of the total population is Hispanic/Latino. Pockets, or concentrationsof these subpopulations occur in 14 of the county's 39 municipalities. (See Figure A)4.
Describe the basis for allocating investments geographically within the jurisdiction(or within the EMSA for HOPWA) (91.215(a)(1)) during the next year and therationale for assigning the priorities.Response: The Jurisdiction does not set priorities for allocating investmentsgeographically. Funding awards are based on need and activity eligibility (Figure B).Assistance is spread throughout the consortium with actual locations determined byapplications received and funding availability. Activities have been recommended forfunding in areas of minority concentrations in the Township of Mine Hill, Town of Morristown, Borough of Rockaway and Borough of Wharton. The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills determines the location of activities to be assisted with CDBGfunds within the municipality.5.
Describe actions that will take place during the next year to address obstacles tomeeting underserved needs.Response: Obstacles to meeting underserved needs include:
Limited funds for all programs (HOME, CDBG and ESG)
Diminishment and disappearance of State funds
Diminishment and disappearance of local funds
Diminishment and disappearance of private funds
Increased competition for diminishing pool of funds
Lack of affordable child care services
Lack of transportation
Lack of employment training and opportunities
Lack of affordable housing; severe shortage of rentals
Lack of employment training for veterans
Lack of affordable permanent supportive housing for veterans
Lack of land for construction of facilities and residential units
Lack of societal ‘will’ to address the need of the underserved
Dwindling capacity on the part of providers due to layoffs
Severe financial stress at the municipal level
Severe financial stress on the part of non profitsActions taken to address these obstacles include:
Participation in Housing Alliance of Morris County, Fair Housing Committee,Foreclosure Taskforce, the county’s Human Services Advisory Committee and theContinuum of Care/CEAS in an attempt to coordinate concerns and maximizeresponses.6. Identify the federal, state, and local resources expected to be made available toaddress the needs identified in the plan. Federal resources should include Section 8funds made available to the jurisdiction, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, andcompetitive McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act funds expected to be availableto address priority needs and specific objectives identified in the strategic plan.Third ProgramYearAction Plan 3
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